Pumpkin Butter | Doce de Abobora #SundaySupper

Doce de Abobora Portuguese Pumpkin Butter

Are you ready? Can you believe it’s that time already… I bought my first Christmas present yesterday.  I don’t know what has gotten into me, that is actually really, really early for me.  Ready or not, the Holiday’s are upon us and it’s time to think about what to get those people that have touched our lives all throughout the year.  You know, the teachers, neighbors, doctors and mail carriers.  Everyone can always use an extra gift card, but there is something so impersonal about a gift card on it’s own.  Yet, there is something so special and comforting about gifts that come from the kitchen.  Knowing how much I love to spend time Around the Family Table, my friends have come to expect and look forward to my homemade gifts every year.  Last year, I made Banana Bread with Flavored Chocolates.  That was a big hit, but this year, I wanted something really different.  I am making one of Vo-Vo’s favorite recipes,  Doce de Abobora or Pumpkin Butter.

Doce de Abobora or Pumpkin Butter ~ always takes me back to my childhood.  Vo-vo made this every fall and froze it so that we would have it throughout the year.  It is absolutely amazing on toasted crusty bread with a cup of coffee.  Sometimes the simplest things in life are truly the best.

How to make Personalized Jars ~ I love these jars because you can customize them and truly make this a special container to store your Doce de Abobora, Portuguese Pumpkin Butter.  The best part about it, they are almost free.  I save all the glass jars we use throughout the year.  Once washed, I just use sand paper on the caps and then use black chalk paint on them.  Once they are dry, you can write anything you like on them with chalk, erase and rename.  These also make great storage jars in the kitchen and bathroom.

I love Thrifty Finds for the Holidays ~ I love to go thrifting on Saturday mornings.  One of my favorite things to look for is little inexpensive add-ons for homemade gifts.  One Saturday morning while thrifting, Reis and I found these 6 miniature spoons in all different sizes with a beautiful stone at the end.  They were so beautiful and the price on the six was only seventy-five cents.  I picked them up, not knowing what I would use them for but just knowing I couldn’t pass up such a bargain.  When I decided to make Portuguese Pumpkin Butter, Doce de Abobora for my friends this year, I knew this was the perfect touch to add to this gift.  They are just gorgeous.

Portuguese Pumpkin Butter, Doce de Abobora is the perfect spread for thick crusty bread in the morning with a cup of coffee or with simple sweet crackers like Bolachas Maria with a cup of tea in the afternoon.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Portuguese Pumpkin Butter | Doce de Abobora #SundaySupper
Doce de Abobora is the perfect Portuguese Recipe to give as a gift for friends
Recipe type: Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen
Cuisine: Portuguese Recipes Sunday Supper
  • 4 cups of Sugar
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 small Pumpkin cut into cubes
  • Juice from 3 Oranges, approximately ½ cup
  • ½ teaspoon of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  1. Mix the Sugar and Water juice and bring to a boil in a heavy bottom saucepan
  2. Add the Pumpkin cubes and the juice from the Oranges and bring back to a boil
  3. Simmer on low stirring constantly for approximately 30 minutes or until the Pumpkin is cooked and soft
  4. Add Butter and Cinnamon and continue to stir for another 5 minutes
  5. Let cool
  6. Puree in a Food Processor
  7. Add to jars
  8. Doce de Abobora, Portuguese Pumpkin Butter can be frozen in zip-loc bags and defrosted later

I am so honored to have Susan, one of our Sunday Supper contributors, aka The Wimpy Vegetarian host this weeks Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen, Sunday Supper  theme.  Holiday Gifts from The Kitchen mean so much more than anything purchased from the store.  These gifts are made with love and are sure to make that special person know how much they mean to you.  Check out this week’s amazing Sunday Supper Recipes:


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  1. says

    Well, I would be the happiest girl in the world if I received this! I polished off a jar of pumpkin maple butter that somebody gave me in no time flat. Can you say toast with salted butter and pumpkin butter for breakfast all week long!? I can ;P . Fantastic gifts, Isabel.

  2. says

    I love the idea of saving glass jars then painting over the lids. Usually I look for mason jars at yard sales and flea markets to give away, but this is even better because well you’re buying something in a jar anyway lol And when I go thrifting, i look for props, not potential gift ideas. now I may change my mind 😉 I heard pumpkin butter mails very well 😉

  3. says

    Perfect recipe for all those jars I save and then don´t use..! I never made pumpkin butter, it sounds delicious Isabel! Another portuguese food word for my vocabulary (which really consists of abacaxi and frango, jajaja) Happy Sunday!

  4. says

    i also save jars throughout the year, but they end up as crafts by the kids. Love the idea of sanding the lids, and adding chalk paint. Also the little spoons are the perfect add on. Doce de Abobora sounds so good – how long does it store in the jar?

  5. says

    I’ve been craving this ever since you’ve posted on facebook :) Love the idea of turning pumpkins into something as delicious as this and enjoy all year round!!Fantastic :)

  6. says

    What fun it was this week to host a party for #SundaySupper! Thanks again for allowing me to do it :-). I love everything pumpkin, and love your pumpkin butter – I really like the addition of the orange juice! And the spoons are gorgeous!! 75¢???!!! Amazing.

  7. says

    I am determined not to be so last minute this year. Having this #SundaySupper early means we can all start working on our Christmas gifts. And we love pumpkin butter, although we have never made it from real pumpkins. I have always taken the shortcut with the canned stuff. I wonder how much of a difference it makes.

  8. says

    This sounds incredibly tasty! And I love your tip about making cute, personalized jars, too! What wonderful gifts for the holidays, Isabel!

  9. says

    I do the exact same thing with my jars during the year. I mean why waste something you already paid for. It is a great way to save even more money on making homemade gifts. And this recipes sounds like a great way to fill them. I know I would be very happy to receive it as a gift. :)

  10. says

    That is a fab butter and such a neat idea to save bottles and reuse them as gifts ! Going to do that now on. Your gift jars look so pretty !!! The ingredients in this butter are awesome ! Love the xoxoxo :) !

  11. says

    Isabel this is fabulous. What a great gift to give to people. It’s so pretty. This event was so fun. There’s nothing I like better than homemade gifts.

  12. says

    Doce de abobora sounds wonderful on toast with a cup of coffee. You sure know how to make a girl hungry right after she had lunch. I’m not a very good thrifter. I don’t have the patience to browse around and look for treasures. Normally when I do to a store, I head straight for what I need and I am out. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your son.

  13. Anita says

    Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but when you cut up the pumpkin, do you peel away the hard outer rind before cutting it into chunks?

    • FamilyFoodie says

      Not a stupid question at all Anita… I should have included those instructions. Yes, please peel away the hard outer rind.

  14. says

    I love doce de abobra! When I was little, a family friend would make enormous batches of this jam each fall, but unfortunately she’s gone now and it seems her recipe was never written down… so it’s been years and years since I’ve last been lucky enough to find a jar of this delicious spread.
    Can’t wait to try out this recipe! I’m hoping I can hunt down some sugar pumpkins so that I can make a batch of my own on the weekend.

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